As I progress as a runner, one of the tings I tend to struggle with is running slowly. I’ve done enough reading on training to know that I should be doing the majority of my runs at an easy pace. However, actually putting that into practice is a bit more difficult.
For example, I went out today with the intention of running an easy 3 miles, followed up by some core exercises. For me right now, that should be about a 10:30/mile pace. However, I went out and pushed a little bit harder than that, going out at 10:08 for the first mile and then pushing under 10:00/mile for the next two. Now, that’s not too much faster, and not uncomfortable for me, but it’s faster than I should be going. Yet, it’s almost exactly how fast I want to run.
That’s right, I want to go faster than I should be going. I want to be running faster, and I am getting faster. And, in my mind, the way to keep getting faster is to keep pushing it faster…each and every time.
Yet, I also know that’s not how it works…it makes for a bit of a conundrum and challenge.
I know I could spend more time checking my watch to make sure I don’t go too fast. Or I could focus on my breathing to make sure I’m staying at a conversational pace. I think I’d trend towards the latter, even if I might freak out a bit if I came in much slower than I had hoped.
Anyone else have any suggestions on how to keep easy runs in that 65% effort zone?